The Persuasions – 1971 – We Came To Play

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This is one of your reviewers favorite albums, ever. Pretty strong opinion, but when this was released it was effectively the only a cappella music available with the exception of local East Coast groups. Their first album was actually produced by Frank Zappa, but this second one is one of the three on Capitol Records that established The Persuasions as the premiere a cappella group in the world. The voices are rich and vibrant. The music chosen established their repertoire of rhythm and blues, soul and gospel. They became adept at creating such spirited covers of Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and The Temptations that it is almost impossible for anyone to sing ‘Persuasion’s’ songs and not sound wrong somehow. (Singers.Com).

This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) including original vinyl covers

Tracks
A1 Chain Gang 1:55
A2 Man, Oh Man 2:15
A3 It’s You That I Need 2:25
A4 The Sun 2:42
A5 Don’t It Make You Want To Go Home 2:30
B1 Walk On The Wild Side 2:18
B2 Another Night With The Boys 2:50
B3 Gypsy Woman 3:45
B4 Don’t Know Why I Love You 2:42
B5 Let It Be 2:20

The Persuasions We Came To Play back

If you had to pick one “desert island” Persuasions album, this would be the one. They were never in finer form, and never chose a collection of tunes better suited for their strengths. These were the songs that they sang on the road for many years, and this was their debut album for Capitol. From Sam Cooke‘s “Chain Gang” to Curtis Mayfield‘s “Man Oh Man,” this is classic Persuasions material. Bass Jimmy Hayes’ turn on “The Sun” still makes my speakers rattle. It’s almost below the range of normal human hearing! The vitality, the joyousness, the virutosic singing, and yes, Jerry Lawson’s tremendous phrasing-certainly one of the signature voices of the last fifty years- make this album nothing short of sensational.

A cappella singing has been part of the African-American musical tradition since the days of slavery. Despite the recent success of the hi-tech a cappella group Take 6, the tradition has suffered a steady decline to the point where it is rare even in gospel circles. The Persuasions, though, are resolutely a cappella. Their chart successes have been minimal (two fleeting R&B entries in 1974-1975), but they carry forward the tradition without appearing ossified. Airplay will probably always elude them – and with it the really big breakthrough – but their music has been a consistently enjoyable sidebar, and never one that has simply reeked of revivalism, remaining fresh through releases like 1993’s Toubo’s Song, 1994’s Right Around the Corner, and 1996’s Sincerely. 1999’s On the Good Ship Lollipop was a foray into children’s music, while a year later the group issued Frankly a Cappella: The Persuasions Sing Zappa and Might as Well…The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead.

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54 Comments
  • yotte
    Posted at 12:13h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Nice one! I’ve enjoyed the FZ and GD cover albums for years but haven’t heard any of the early LPs by these guys. I’m really lookin’ forward to it! THANKS!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:28h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Good Share Thank You.

  • JazzyPier
    Posted at 12:33h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Thank you Nikos! Very dope!

  • jaguar
    Posted at 14:37h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Great LP.

    Many thanks.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 17:34h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Fabulous collab once again, Nikos & Moo! Thank you for expanding my ears! πŸ˜€

  • Gary
    Posted at 19:42h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    The human voice, the first and still the finest of all instruments.

  • Simon
    Posted at 19:04h, 19 October 2009 Reply

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  • toma
    Posted at 21:39h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Awesome post!!! thanks a lot!!
    enjoying this very much!

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 22:10h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Great Great Great !!!! Thanks a lot !!!!

  • Paul
    Posted at 22:38h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks, never heard this LP, cheers

  • Eugene
    Posted at 23:06h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    I have 4 hours on the train tomorrow, so I am loading up my walkman with lots of soul food for the trip. I am sure this will act as a very substantial “appetiser” and will certainly help make a tedious trip go faster.
    Many thanks,

    Eugene

  • Heat
    Posted at 23:19h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Thx Nikos, sounds interesting !!!

  • Brian
    Posted at 23:58h, 19 October 2009 Reply

    Many thanks – the memories are flooding back

  • chadyoung
    Posted at 02:11h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    Cant wait to hear this…thanks

  • Danny
    Posted at 09:04h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful share.

  • Fernando
    Posted at 14:00h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    thank you,
    classic & beautiful LP!

  • jbizzie
    Posted at 14:27h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    thanX!

  • jean paris
    Posted at 17:22h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    a huge thanks to mr moo for that beautiful contribution (as usual)and to u nikos…u funk my soul since the day i met u into that blog…thank u so much jean paris

  • Mr Sam
    Posted at 18:49h, 20 October 2009 Reply

    Very nice! Thank you so much

  • Broadway
    Posted at 07:15h, 21 October 2009 Reply

    Thank You For This Classic Album! It Is Wonderful To Hear These Fine Voices Singing Beautiful Melodies To My Heart! GOD Bless What You Do.

  • rapidan
    Posted at 07:25h, 21 October 2009 Reply

    thanks! i’m pa dutch and i don’t know much, but i will say thank you . . .

  • Frank
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 October 2009 Reply

    I really enjoyed this. Thanks so much.

  • hooch
    Posted at 21:05h, 21 October 2009 Reply

    Thank you nikos & mr moo – awesome album!

  • Mick
    Posted at 22:07h, 21 October 2009 Reply

    Great site, thanks to you, i discovered a lot of dope stuff.

  • Sonar
    Posted at 04:50h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    Where in the world do you find this stuff? I’m an avid dusty crates digger and the stuff you have on this site truly amazes me all the time.

  • Mel
    Posted at 08:19h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    The power of their voices is amazing. Great selection!

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 09:55h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    No doubt, another gem!

  • dj85
    Posted at 10:02h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks alot. This is one of my favorite groups.

  • peeper
    Posted at 13:55h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    this is my all-time fav acapella group! oh, this brings back great memories from high school, when we used to try to imitate the fellas in The Persuasions…to no avail! LOL
    thanks so much for sharing!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 21:43h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    yeah, lovely voices, thanks for posting.

  • Rasmaestro
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks very much – not only for the downloads but for the whole info effort put into this place. Impressive and educating πŸ™‚

  • hank
    Posted at 22:54h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    i don’t like that much but thanks for the share !!!

  • db69
    Posted at 01:34h, 23 October 2009 Reply

    my oh my – thanks

  • Kevin
    Posted at 10:03h, 23 October 2009 Reply

    Wonderful music.

  • pace
    Posted at 14:42h, 23 October 2009 Reply

    great share, i look forward to checking this one out tonight….

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 04:19h, 24 October 2009 Reply

    The Persuasions are a rare group these days with their amazing harmony. This was a great old school release. Thank you for posting.

  • al1
    Posted at 09:36h, 24 October 2009 Reply

    great post amazing harmony album thanks

  • rich
    Posted at 20:43h, 24 October 2009 Reply

    thank u mr. moo i have never seen this one or heard anything from it so i cant wait thanx

  • graham biddle
    Posted at 00:34h, 25 October 2009 Reply

    Great album with (my passion) doo wop influences. Many thanks

  • P from G
    Posted at 20:39h, 25 October 2009 Reply

    Thank you!!!

  • Jason
    Posted at 22:34h, 25 October 2009 Reply

    love the persuasions, Thanks!

  • Robert
    Posted at 19:31h, 27 October 2009 Reply

    thanks Nikos for this great discovery!!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:47h, 29 October 2009 Reply

    Much Thanks Mr. Moo!! I haven’t checked your spot out in a while. Gonna stop by soon. This one’s insane!! I really appreciate it.

  • AHolmes
    Posted at 22:21h, 03 November 2009 Reply

    Again. On top of everything as usual. Thanks.

  • T-Swift
    Posted at 15:53h, 08 November 2009 Reply

    Nice nice joint and different! Never knew about the persuasions.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 18:15h, 10 November 2009 Reply

    Many thanks!

  • Julie Lawson
    Posted at 20:29h, 10 November 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for exploring and appreciating The Persuasions. My husband is Jerry Lawson, their lead singer, arranger and producer for 40 years and 22 albums. I hope you’ll explore all of his albums at his website:www.jerrylawson.biz

    He left the group in 2003 but released a new
    a cappella CD with a new bunch of guys. Jerry feels this is the masterpiece of his career:”Jerry Lawson and Talk of The Town.” Please support the artist directly by purchasing from his site.

    Jerry kept the dying art alive. And though the music industry has still not acknowledged his contributions to American Music History,the American TV network (NBC) will be launching “The Great American Sing Off” in January. Akin to American Idol only all a cappella groups. How about that.

    Jerry would love to hear from you. [email protected]

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 19:37h, 18 November 2009 Reply

    A gem Thanx a lot

  • noone noone
    Posted at 09:17h, 20 November 2009 Reply

    the whole album is fantastic, and thank you for giving it.
    you are going to see me in a lot of your stuff here.this is the first
    gem, i took. πŸ˜‰

  • Witchy Woman
    Posted at 12:04h, 25 November 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

  • Rip Rense
    Posted at 00:17h, 28 November 2009 Reply

    Hi, Folks,

    THERE IS A BRAND NEW PERSUASIONS ALBUM—AUTHORIZED AND ENDORSED BY THE GROUP. “The Persuasions Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.” Jerry Lawson and Jimmy Hayes both put the album “at the top” of the list of Persuasions albums. Full info. at http://thepersuasionslive.com

    —Rip Rense
    co-producer

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:18h, 10 March 2010 Reply

    Thank you so much for all the work you have done!

  • Jan
    Posted at 02:04h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Thank you for this album. Nice music

  • Julie
    Posted at 09:30h, 03 April 2015 Reply

    The Persuasions lead singer Jerry Lawson has a new album coming 4/28/2015! check it out here: http://www.jerrylawson.biz

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